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Iowa Legislature notes from January 26, 2012

Iowa Legislature notes from January 26, 2012

Senate Floor Action – Thursday, January 26, 2012 The Senate convened at 9:00 a.m. Prayer Pledge of Allegiance The Journal of Wednesday, January 25, 2012, was approved. Referral from Calendar to…

An Interview With: Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery

An Interview With: Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery

January 26, 2012 Q.  What happened in the last six minutes?  Seemed like you guys were one or two away from seizing control. COACH McCAFFERY:  I think it was fairly…

Mason City man escapes BeJe Clark and is captured

Mason City man escapes BeJe Clark and is captured

by Kelly Elbert – MASON CITY – Charges have been filed against a Mason City man after he escaped from BeJe Clark residential facility and was captured in the same…

Thousands gather to get a glimpse of Joe Paterno funeral procession

Thousands gather to get a glimpse of Joe Paterno funeral procession

By John L. Micek and Andrew McGill, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) – STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — As the hearse bearing Joe Paterno passed through the community he called home for…

Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor soldier

Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor soldier

DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from 5 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2012 until 8 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2012,…

Counterfeit bills showing up in Mason City

Counterfeit bills showing up in Mason City

The Mason City Police Department has received two reports this morning about counterfeit bills received by local businesses.  Once bill was a $10; the second was a $20.  Both bills…

City looking to make improvements at City Hall

City looking to make improvements at City Hall

by Matt Marquardt – MASON CITY – At a budget hearing held Tuesday evening, Finance Director Kevin Jacobson revealed that city officials are looking to spend tens of thousands of…

NIACC men lose to ICCC, 57-48

NIACC men lose to ICCC, 57-48

FORT DODGE, Iowa – The NIACC men’s basketball dropped below the .500-mark in conference play after losing to Iowa Central 57-48 on Wednesday night. It was the Trojans third straight…

NIACC women lose to ICCC, 81-56

NIACC women lose to ICCC, 81-56

FORT DODGE, Iowa – The NIACC women’s basketball team lost their fifth straight game on Wednesday in an 81-56 loss to #10 Iowa Central. Kika Greenlee (Fr., Saint Louis Park,…

Nissan to build $2 billion Mexico plant, sidestepping security concerns

By Tim Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers – MEXICO CITY — In a sign that global manufacturers are looking beyond Mexico’s security woes, Nissan said Wednesday that it will invest $2 billion in…

Man Charged with Identity Theft after Falsely Implicating Secretary of State in Illegal Activity

Man Charged with Identity Theft after Falsely Implicating Secretary of State in Illegal Activity

Des Moines, IOWA — On Friday, January 20, 2012, Zachary Edwards, age 29, from Des Moines, Iowa, was arrested and criminally charged with Identity Theft, an Aggravated Misdemeanor (Iowa  Code…

Liberalism spreading among college freshmen, survey finds

By Matt Krupnick, Contra Costa Times – WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Already inclined toward liberalism, college freshmen are leaning even farther left on key political issues, a nationwide survey of first-year…

Fed, optimistic on inflation, to stand pat on interest rates

By Don Lee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve said it is likely to leave short-term interest rates at rock-bottom levels at least through late 2014, giving businesses…

White House plan would alter tax policy to encourage insourcing

By Alisa Priddle, Detroit Free Press – DETROIT — A number of tax proposals form the backbone of President Barack Obama’s blueprint to support American manufacturing by discouraging outsourcing. A series…

Treasury Completes Wind Down of TARP Small Business Program, Realizes $8 Million Gain for Taxpayers

WASHINGTON – Today, the United States Department of the Treasury announced the fifth and final disposition of securities within its Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) Securities Purchase Program, which was launched…

Kevin Love re-signs with Timberwolves for four years, $61 million

Kevin Love re-signs with Timberwolves for four years, $61 million

By Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – DALLAS — NBA owners haggled with players for months during testy labor negotiations last summer and fall, seeking a system that will allow small-market…

Frying foods in olive, sunflower oils may not be bad for your heart

By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Rejoice, those who love fried foods: eating them may not put you at higher risk for coronary heart disease — if…

Men’s basketball is Nebraska’s court jester

Mike Hlas, CR Gazette – When the University of Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference in the summer of 2010, the subject was football. Football, football, football. Nebraska football, marquee name.…

Emanuel calls summits an opportunity to build Chicago’s global image

By Kathy Bergen, Jeff Coen and David Heinzmann, Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — The May summits of world leaders in Chicago are an unmatched opportunity to build the city’s global image…

US school lunch program to serve healthier foods under new rules

By Georgina Gustin, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – ST. LOUIS — American schools will serve more of the good stuff — vegetables, fruits and whole grains — and less of the not-so-good…

Connecticut mayor apologizes to Latinos for taco remark

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Hours after four of his town’s police officers were arrested on federal charges of harassing and abusing Latinos, East Haven, Conn.,…

Brewer, Obama have heated exchange during airport greeting

By Jessica Testa, Cronkite News Service PHOENIX — The Republican governor who has “Scorpions for Breakfast” says she was chewed out Wednesday by the leader of the free world. Gov. Jan…

Judge sending Beje Clark escapee back after dismissing charge

Judge sending Beje Clark escapee back after dismissing charge

On Tuesday, January 24th, District 2A Associate Judge Gregg Rosenbladt dismissed a serious misdemeanor voluntary absence (escape) charge filed against 28-year-old William Thomas Hester. The charged had been filed after…

Gingrich yanks attack ad on Romney after Sen. Rubio says it’s unfair

By Marc Caputo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — The close, volatile Republican presidential campaign exploded in Miami’s Cuban-American community on Wednesday as Newt Gingrich pulled a controversial Spanish-language immigration ad after…

Improvements at Arlington Cemetery, but problems remain

By Emily Seagrave Kennedy, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Just a year and a half after condemning officials at Arlington National Cemetery for “heartbreakingly incompetent management,” Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of…

Somalia raid shows extent of U.S. reach

By David S. Cloud and Lutfi Sheriff Mohammed, Tribune Washington Bureau – MOGADISHU, Somalia — The Navy SEALs parachuted into the darkness, landing more than a mile from their objective: a…

Six Charged in Scheme to Use Identities of Deceased People to Get Tax Refunds

A 10-count indictment was unsealed today charging six people with various offenses related to a scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of at least $1.7 million in fraudulently…

Four East Haven, Connecticut, Police Officers Charged with Civil Rights Offenses

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport, Conn., returned an indictment charging four East Haven Police officers with conspiring to violate, and…

Philadelphia Man Convicted for Role in Violent Home Invasion Robberies of Business Owners in Four States

Six Co-Defendants Have Pleaded Guilty WASHINGTON – A Philadelphia man has been convicted for his participation in a conspiracy to commit violent home invasion robberies of successful Asian business owners…

Michigan Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Participating in International Child Pornography Ring and Producing Child Pornography

WASHINGTON – A Michigan man was sentenced today in Los Angeles to 25 years in prison and lifetime supervised release for participating in a child exploitation enterprise and producing child…

Elwood says warm winter has “cut our work considerably”

Elwood says warm winter has “cut our work considerably”

Story and photos by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer – MASON CITY – A typical Iowa winter would see Larry Elwood’s construction crew busy with sixty to eighty hours a…

Soybean oil helps Midwest Spray Foam insulate farm buildings

By Ana Anthony, The Daily Globe, Worthington, Minn. Jan. 25–SIBLEY, Iowa — Bob Alexander, accounts manager for Midwest Spray Foam, is certain that spray foam insulation is an energy efficient…

Austin, MN man charged for allegedly attacking father-in-law

Amanda Lillie, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. – A 30-year-old Austin man was charged with three felonies after he allegedly choked his father-in-law and threatened him with a knife. Afi Ali Abdi…

McDonald’s unveils Chicken McBites and strong earnings

McDonald’s unveils Chicken McBites and strong earnings

By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — McDonald’s now has its eye on the KFC customer, launching its new Chicken McBites in the U.S. on the same day…

Op-ed: Establishment wanted Romney to win

Op-ed by Mike Petersen of Mason City: The Iowa caucus, 1st in the nation, something to be taken seriously. Well, at least as long as your candidate wins. It was…

Mayo Clinic Health System to unveil new website

Kelli Lageson, Albert Lea Tribune – Mayo Clinic Health System has revamped its website, and it will be available starting Thursday. The redesigning of the site, at www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org, is in conjunction…

Second Half Surge Takes Cyclones Past Wildcats, 66-57

Second Half Surge Takes Cyclones Past Wildcats, 66-57

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Iowa State did about everything right in the last 14 minutes in a 66-57 win at Kansas State, as the Cyclones (11-7, 2-5 Big 12) defeated the…

Op-ed: I have seen a lot (by Peter Children)

We all live within the parameters of our own time. Whether your life is long or short, it is your own time on this earth.  And regardless of what time…

Iowa man sentenced in meth conspiracy

DES MOINES, IA – On January 19, 2012, Andru Alan Fisher, age 42, of rural Glenwood, Iowa, was sentenced in United States District Court for his participation in a conspiracy…

Iowa unemployment rate declined 4th straight month in December

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in December, the lowest level reported since June 2009. The current rate compares with 5.7 percent for…

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